Celebrating nearly 80 Years of Skiing and Lifelong Friendships

January 16, 2018      Vol. XI, #11


The New Member Dinner was a huge success.  ‘Success’ being defined by the clubhouse not burning to the ground.  Hats off to the Senior Grill Team, and everyone who kept a watchful eye on them. A big Thank You to Lou Kimball and Carol Lee for hosting the event and working with Sue to make sure there were places for the 70 plus turnout.


Inside this issue:















Club Potluck, Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m.  Yes, of course, the Stag’s Head Lounge will be open for business.



Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 9:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 10 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with service until 4 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

Après Ski Party in the Stag’s Head Lounge with guest bartender Ryan Van Haren.



The Clubhouse Grill opens for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. with service until 3 p.m.

Lifts open at 9 a.m.

Caberfae’s Ticket Elf is available until 11:15 a.m.

The barn door is pulled at 4 p.m. closing the Clubhouse Grill and Stag’s Head Lounge.


2.   CLUB REUNION POTLUCK … the way things used to be.  Thursday evening, January 18th.  Bring your favorite crock-pot cuisine to the Clubhouse Grill and experience the tastes and smells of how things used to be.  This is a great opportunity for Xers and Yers to see how a Saturday night smelled back in the ole days.  Back when T-bars and rope tows zipped skiers up the hills.  Thank you Glenn and Bonnie Stout for hosting this event.  If you have questions, please contact Glenn gdstout1379@gmail.com


3.  LOOKING FOR A REASON TO PARTY?  WELL, HERE YA GO!  You, and everybody you know, is welcome!  This Sunday, from 3 p.m. until the Senior, Blue Plate Special is served at Big Boy, are invited to help a geezer and his lovely (and much younger) bride celebrate the beginning of their ninetieth decade (A.K.A. the beginning of time).  Two club members, and former womb-mates, Cris and Sylvia, (no last names given because it’s a surprise) would like their extended ski club family (that’s you) to join them in the Stag’s Head Lounge for some munchies and libations.  Please stop up and give them your fondest regards.  They promise, only soft foods will be served in consideration of those old-timers who find it hard to chew.  Don’t be late because they have to be back to the Ancients’ Manor before dark.  P.S. Seniors are encouraged to bring their own meds and teeth.


3.  WADDY’S NO BAD NEWS REPORT – Monday January 15th, 2018

 Thought I better tap something out tonight in case I'm unable to focus tomorrow eve.  My new knee has given me the confidence and freedom to regain a place as a starter for the high school ski meets this year.  It may be a bit chilly tomorrow, so this will be a fair test of my confidence.  But, more importantly, I'll take that intro as an opportunity to segue to a bit of attention to the Caberfae race program.  You may, or may not know that there's a crew out here that year in and year out put on our various ski races, and make it all happen smoothly.  That's a rarity on a local amateur level.  I'll not focus on any one individual, but it all starts with cooperation with Caberfae's management (we need a hill to race on, and facilities for those particpating).  From there we need organization, equipment, and people.  The organization has come for years from those who coach on various levels.  Joe Host (Sun and Snow Ski Shop) has been head coach of Cadillac High School teams, and has run all our racing.  That includes fund raising through ski swaps and auctions at end of season races.  Joe's had help coaching for years from the likes of Chad Knaggs, Bob Cole, James Netzley (this year took over head coach of CHS team), Marty Williams, Lauren Rule, Larry Waldo, and Megan Mogan.  My apologies to anyone I've neglected to mention. The coaches are assisted endlessly by race course workers.  Needed are folks who know how races are run, how to operate the timing and computers, how to maintain equipment, how to maintain courses, both the snow and the gates.  Needed are roving officials who can regulate the action to keep racing as safe as possible, and to settle questions and disputes amongst competitors and visiting coaches.  For my part, as a starter, I stand at the top of the hill and coordinate with timers in the race shack below to ensure racers go when ready.  Robin assists by 'feeding' racers to me at the start gate in proper order.  Ours is one of two courses running simultaneously (boys on one course, girls the other.  One course GS, the other slalom).  Sometimes multiple racers are on courses at the same time.  Its pretty cool to be part of, pretty cool to see it flow, generally smoothly.  The field cadre who are always on-hill or in the race shack include long-time Caberfae-ites such as: Brian and Stacey Cooper, Jane Allison, Rich Houk, Craig Weidner, Mike and Ann Cool, Tom and Mary Jane Canfield, Connie Houk, Lesa Cole,and Teresa Williams.  Again, sorry if I neglected your name, know that you are all appreciated.  I've heard time and again how other ski areas, other race programs marvel at how well Caberfae's racing works.  And again, a major nod to Joe.  He's over-seen racing on multiple levels here for hundreds of years.  It's great to see his level of competence and dedication passed on to James Netzley.  Because the 'team' has worked so well together for so long, any transitions should be almost un-noticeable. So, from Nastar, to our Junior program, to high school racing, to Wed Night Adult Race League, and finally our Spring Races, huge thanks to everyone for adding quality to our winters at Caberfae, both on-hill and off.  Its great to know you all.


Want a snow conditions report?  How about- skiing's great!  Last week's warm and rain took a toll, but Caberfae was prepared in that plenty of artificial snow is in place.  A little combing and grooming  has made the 'nasty' a thing of the past.  We've had a bit of help from Nature today, but a bit more would be welcome.  I've had reports from two neighbors that even the XC trails are in better shape than expected.  I'm sorry that my pessimism dictated our XC group walked rather than skied last Saturday.  I don't know what to say, I was stupid.  Let me make it up to you, I'll buy you each a car.  A teeny-weeny car...


If my attention to task at hand is a bit distracted, we've got FIS Lauberhorn downhill race from Wengen, Switzerland on the tube.  (The course goes under a cog-rail train track up the Jungfrau, I rode in that train in 1957, when there was still a glacier on that mountain).  Speeds approach 100 mph, and the course takes almost 2:30 to accomplish!  I can't comprehend that level of endurance!!  And there goes a dude wearing my GS suit!  (Put me in, coach!).  Possibly the most venerable race in history of ski racing (same course since 1930!) . Very intense turns, and jumps.  Incredible.


OK, I'm back.  Speaking of venerable, and historic, I'd like to mention my long-time neighbor, Don Pikula.  You may think of him as the most dependable and unselfish fixer of any and all physical problems within the club, but I think of him as the Gent in the octagon house across the street (of his own design) with plywood floors.  He's also one of The Club's and Caberfae's longest participants.  Want to hear some great stories of events past, both real and imagined?  Ask Don.  He's been around.  He's got tales of skiing around the U.S. with notable folks who shaped skiing in this country.  In his mid-80's, Don is still one of the first on the hill most weekend mornings, weather notwithstanding.   I'm pleased, and proud, to call Don friend and neighbor.  (He knows too much of my history, I'm obligated to flatter).  Equally notable- I've witnessed three generations of Pikulas follow in Don's tracks as they tackle Mt. North Peak.  Yes, his great grandchildren are skiing, and his floors are still plywood.


That's it.  I don't want to hog anymore of Pat's newsletter.  (You do realize Pat Goggin makes this newsletter happen?  Every week in winter.)


Be well, be kind, question reality.



PS- A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.- Confucius


5.  THE ROGUES GALLERY OF CSC ROGUES – A.K.A. the Picture Board is in need of updating and completing.  If your individual or family picture is not posted, or if you’d like to update your photo, please drop off a current picture with Sue at the Clubhouse Grill.  It might be a good idea to include your name on the back of the photo, as well.  Isn’t it nice to find the names of all the smiling faces you see each weekend at the club?  And admit it, more than once you’ve taken a peak to help identify a member whose name escaped you at the moment.  I’ll tell you what.  If you have a favorite snapshot in your phone or devise, why don’t you just attach it to a REPLY to this eNewsletter, and we’ll take it from there.  Deal?


6.  WHAT’S COMING UP THE WEEKEND OF 1/26 … How about that, a nice quiet weekend with a promise of great snow, Sue’s infamous homemade chicken noodle soup, a warm fire in the round room and up in the Stag’s Head Lounge, and the chance to swap stories with friends, new and old.  This is why we come here.




a.  CONSIDER RUNNING FOR THE BOARD.  The volunteer engine that powers the Caberfae Ski Club has purred along for nearly 80 years.  To keep this engine well oiled, each year members elect two new board members to four year terms, to oversee the business of running the club.  Now, in addition to the prestige and instant respect you don’t have to earn, the real reason the current board members tossed their names into the ring was so they could move directly to the top of the coveted Park Pass list.  Oh yeah!  Board members are extended the opportunity to purchase a Parking Pass during their tenure in office.  So if you’d like members to call you “Sir” or “Ma’am” check with Tac Lee etclee@att.net or Paul Waug waugelect@aol.com  and see how you too could become a CSC Board Member… and move directly to the top of the Parking Pass list.  Find their contact information at the bottom of each eNewsletter.



b. CHRISTMAS IS STILL IN THE AIR … you know, the part where ‘it’s better to give, than to receive.’  Yeah … I never bought into that either.  But, it does soothe the soul to volunteer and we have some easy opportunities for you to help out and save the day.


Thursday, January 18th

Club Reunion Pot Luck 6pm

Straw Boss: Bonnie Stout, (616) 302-0974


Friday, January 26th

Fish Fry 6pm

Volunteer needed to head up setting tables.


Contact: Sue in the kitchen, (231) 920-6769



This is your club and we’d like to hear your ideas to continually improve the Caberfae Ski Club for the enjoyment of you and your family.  Let us hear your suggestions. Email us at: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org   If you have a story or an article you’ve written that you’d like to share with club members in the eNewsletter, please email or call the eNewsletter editor.



Caberfae Ski Club web page: www.caberfaeskiclub.org  

Send your favorite photo-moments from the club or the slopes to neffzone@yahoo.com 

Club Wi-Fi Password:  Check the bulletin board at the bottom of the stairs

Caberfae Ticket Agent available Fri, Sat., & Sun. until 11:15 a.m. 

Calendar of Events: www.caberfaeskiclub.org/calendar/ 

Dinner Reservation Hotline: dinnerreservations@caberfaeskiclub.org  

I Forgot to Make Dinner Reservation Phone Line: (231) 920-6769(Sue’s personal cell phone).

General Caberfae Ski Club email address: caberfaeskiclub@caberfaeskiclub.org

Caberfae Peaks Resort: www.caberfaepeaks.com 


Board Members

Shane Demek, President, shanedemek@yahoo.com

Doug Frye, Immediate Past President, frye2526@yahoo.com 

Ron Kimball, First Vice President, rfkimball4@gmail.com

Paul Waug, Second Vice President, Social Chairman,waugelect@aol.com

Jeff Conradson, board member, jeff7714@gmail.com

Mary Jane Dewey-Canfield, board member, mjdc1@yahoo.com  

Connie Houk, board member, croppinconnie@yahoo.com 

Robin Potthoff, board member, robinpotthoff@gmail.com 

Tac Lee, board member, etclee@att.net


Secretary & Treasurer: Norma Roelfsema, roelfsen@gmail.com

Assistant Club Treasurer: David Reiser, dhr49601@yahoo.com

Club  Manager: Sue Egelus, seagle@charter.net 

Club Webmaster: Jim Neff, neff@neffzone.com

Historical Committee: Bernie Bovee, boveeski2@gmail.com  and

Paul Williams, paulskiing@grar.com 

eNewsletter: Pat Goggin, editor, enewsletter@caberfaeskiclub.org   (231) 920-8592